L.W. Beecher Museum School of Arts & Sciences Interdistrict Magnet


2014 Open House Dates

Monday, February 10, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 12, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Snow Dates:

Monday, February 24, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm    

General Info

Address: 100 Jewell Street, New Haven, CT 06515 MAP   

Main Office: 203-691-3800

Grades: PreK3 & PreK4 to 8th Grade

Admission Preferences: Neighborhood & Sibling

School Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Principal: Kathy Russell Beck

Enrollment: 500 students

School Website: Click Here

Uniform School: Yes


School Overview

Welcome to L.W. Beecher, where knowledge is brought alive!

At our school, we bring knowledge from many disciplines and eras into vivid and exciting life. Our students experience this through “Paideia Seminars,” teacher-guided/student-led discussions exploring topics such as current world events, historical occurrences, scientific phenomenon, speeches, writings, art and photographs from other time periods. Our students really internalize and take ownership of what they learn to be knowledge leaders by serving as tour guides during our quarterly Exhibition Nights. Through museum field trips and classroom visits by museum professionals, our students learn how to make connections as robust, curious thinkers and explorers.

How to Know L.W. Beecher is Right for Your Child:

  • Your child has an interest in exploring science and social studies topics deeper and discovering the links between these topics and their personal experiences
  • Your child loves hands-on learning – both when exploring a topic and when explaining what they have learned to others through exhibits
  • Your child is curious and interested and enjoys sharing what they learn and know

 Unique Ways Your Child Can Learn and Grow Here:

  • Hands-on learning experiences through museums, galleries, and other community resources as primary learning resources, which develops children as future citizens who are stewards of preserving and sharing culture
  • Quarterly Exhibition Nights where the school becomes a mini-museum for parents, friends, and community members to view student-created exhibits and support our children’s growth by discovering and sharing in what they have been learning
  • Multi-modal learning, which means that rather than just reading about Native Americans in a book, our kids also gain deep, memorable and living knowledge for a lifelong love of learning and skills development by building a life-sized wigwam using authentic Native American tools, sewing Native American clothes and seeing demonstrations of Native American games and songs

2014 Open House Dates/Tours/Shadowing

2014 Open House Dates

There is no better way to get a sense of whether our school is a fit for your child than visiting, so we invite you to join us at an open house.

Monday, February 10, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 12, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Snow Dates:

Monday, February 24, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm

School Tours

Available by appointment


Student shadowing available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays for grades 4-8 only.

More Info

Contact Erin Michaud at (203) 691-3829 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




  • Full day preschool
  • Whiteboards and LCD in every classroom
  • Drama Club with spring production
  • Instrumental Band instruction
  • Beautiful museum like facility


Beecher’s Education Partners

  • Yale Peabody Museum
  • Yale Art Gallery
  • Yale British Center for Art
  • New Haven Museum
  • SCSU
  • SCSU Athletic


What our students are saying...

“Our teachers choose interesting topics and activities for us to study. We use Learning Expeditions and objects from museums to learn. Exhibition night is a fun night where we get to teach other people about the things we have learned. We have other fun opportunities like Band and the Drama club.” - Amanda, Grade 5

2013 Lottery Results Data

2013 Lottery Results Data 

In an effort to help families make informed decisions about choosing a school, New Haven Public Schools is publishing last year’s lottery data for each Magnet and Charter School. Although the data change year to year, you can see a snapshot by grade level of how many seats were available for each school. Also, you can see how many applicants applied, how many applicants lived in the neighborhood, and how many applicants had siblings. These numbers reflect a combined total of all first, second and third school choices of each applicant. We hope this information, along with the opportunity to attend open houses, will help families choose schools that will fit the needs of their children.

Last Year's New Haven Available Seats and Applicants by Grade Level

Available Seats: 20 1 16 4 3 2 6 0 6 1 5
Neighborhood & Sibling Preference: 6 5 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Neighborhood  Preference: 27 22 25 2 9 5 8 5 2 3 1
Sibling Preference: 9 4 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
No Preference: 108 80 80 40 32 19 20 6 12 13 5


Last Year's Suburban Available Seats and Applicants by Grade Level

Available Seats: 20 0 6 0 0 0 6 2 8 5 5
Sibling Preference: 5 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
No Preference: 129 114 127 60 52 40 38 38 31 19 23

We Provide

  • State-of-the-Art Schools

  • Free Transportation &
    Free Tuition

  • Free Preschool for
    3 & 4-year-olds

Our Mission

In addition to providing effective and innovative educational practices, New Haven Schools of Choice are designed to foster student enrollment patterns that reflect racial, ethnic and economic diversity.

Families must apply to our schools.  Students are placed in schools through a lottery.


Who Can Apply

New Haven residents can apply to any magnet or charter school in the city. Our Interdistrict Magnet Schools are open to all Connecticut residents. There are no admission requirements, tests or prerequisites for our students. We serve special education students, English Language learners, talented and gifted students and everyone else who comes through the lottery to our schools. No student may be denied enrollment because of race, ethnicity or disability. 

Contact Us

New Haven Public Schools -
Magnet Office

54 Meadow Street, First Floor
New Haven, CT 06519 MAP

Main Office: (203) 946-7415
Registration Questions:
(203) 946-8501

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